When I was diagnosed with anorexia nervosa back in 2006, this disorder was looked at as something that could not be overcome. Although I know people who have lost their lives to this powerful and all-consuming disease, it is possible to recover. I have done it and I know other people that have too, but it is an extremely difficult process that requires an immense amount of patience, courage, and hope.
Know that relapses are a normal and expected part of recovery. In these times, it is so important to pick yourself back up, keep going, and hold onto the hope that things will become easier over time. Throughout my years of treatment and several relapses, I refused to give up on myself and because of this, I am now in a place that I never could have imagined possible a few years ago. I feel truly blessed today and everyday to finally feel free and for the gift of life. I am also grateful for all that I've learned and for all of the inspiring people I've met throughout my recovery journey, and for myself for making the continuous decisions to carry on with the most difficult, yet most worthwhile process of my entire life.
Always remember that there is a beautiful life on the other side of the struggle.